Happiness: The State of Being Happy
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do
How Happiness affects our Mood?
Although hugely overplayed by now, one of the simplest songs to hit our airwaves has had a huge and lasting effect, based on the concept of… happiness. I’m referring to Pharell’s “Happy”, who didn’t need any complicated lyrics or subliminal messages, to promote the feelings of a free spirited, preppy, can’t-sit-still-I-want-to-dance, and individual. Don’t get me started on that hat though; it looks like the Harry Potter Sorting Hat
When thinking about what happiness means to me, I realised that happiness affects people in different ways, due to the powers of perception. How we view the world and the people in it, affects our moods.
How do you define Happiness?
To some people, happiness is the feeling, when everything falls into place. It is like inner peace. Stressful situations are easier to maintain, and smiles are free and bountiful. Happiness might mean a good book and a cup of tea on a stormy afternoon. For others, Happiness might mean a productive morning of exercise, shopping, laundry, and then an afternoon of coffee and catch ups with a girlfriend. I know some friends who view happiness as a clean house. Foot rub from Channing Tatum anyone? Happiness might mean reaching goals that you had previously set, and feeling spurred on and motivated to set new ones and get started! Regardless of how you view it or think of it, it is so easily attainable if we take a step back from negativity, stress and the things that we have no control over.
We can make happiness a choice
One of my favourite points of view that a friend put forward is that happiness is about other people. If they are happy, you are happy. I loved this! The way you treat other people, is the way you tend to treat yourself. More kindness towards the people in your life helps promote a kinder and more loving attitude towards yourself. For those of you that may feel a little awkward giving yourself so much lovin’, think of it in the way that by being kind to others, indirectly affects you in a positive way. Indirect and awesome selfishness people!
I can’t speak often enough how doing a kind, thoughtful deed or gesture for someone, sets such a positive, warm and fuzzy feeling. If you can make someone’s day by doing something small and thoughtful, how do you think that would make you feel for the rest of the day? Yup, happy. How do you think that has made them feel? Happy!
The Happiness Jar
Awhile back, I came across this fantastic concept on Pinterest, an idea by Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame called “The Happiness Jar”. Ms Gilbert started this project by writing down things that made her happy on a particular day, and dropping them into her glass jar. She would do this every day until the jar became overflowing with happiness. She would then tip the contents out of the jar, and read through the notes on days when she was not feeling particularly happy or positive.
Such a simple, basic concept, but able to do so much! So I encourage you to do the same…
Write down what has brought you happiness each day, or when the moment strikes you. Open once full or when you’re feeling down and out, and remind yourself what there is to be thankful for.
So many people try to find happiness in material things, but wouldn’t a good coffee on the beach in the sun, be just as uplifting? Or Channing Tatum, there’s always time for Channing Tatum.
Or better yet, turn up the volume on Pharell and dance like no-ones watching.
“Cos I’m happy…”
Words: My Own
Nicole lives on the beautiful Northern Beaches and has a passion for fashion, fitness, travelling,health and wellbeing. Between mornings doing Yoga and boot camp, Nicole can be found smiling and socialising with her friends. Over the past few years Nicole has grown within herself and learnt the true meaning of self belief, assurance and the power of positivity. Nicole established Healthy, Happy Mind as an outlet to share her positive thoughts, ideas and to motivate people to be the best version of themselves.